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Saturday 25 March 2017

Facebook start build on new Irish-based 621,000 square foot data centre

Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

Pictured at the ground-breaking ceremony of Facebook newest data centre at Clonee was Tom Furlong, VP of Infrastructure at Facebook with Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, Damien English T.D.
Pictured at the ground-breaking ceremony of Facebook newest data centre at Clonee was Tom Furlong, VP of Infrastructure at Facebook with Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, Damien English T.D.

Facebook has begun construction on a data centre complex in Meath that will be the same size as seven Croke Parks.

The 621,000 square foot facility will be the social networking giant’s second data centre in Europe and the first to be announced on the continent since conflict erupted between the EU and US over data privacy between the two trading blocs.

The facility will be powered by wind energy from Brookfield Renewable, the company which bought Bord Gáis’s energy business two years ago.

Facebook recently announced its intention to create a further 200 jobs in Dublin in 2016, to add to the 1,300 employees it currently has at its Grand Canal Basic international headquarters.

"The new facility will be one of the most advanced and energy-efficient data centres in the world thanks to its open compute technology and use of 100 per cent renewable wind energy,” said Tom Furlong, vice president of infrastructure at Facebook.

“The centre will be a crucial part of the infrastructure that helps Facebook connect billions of people around the world.”

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